Peace Like A River

It was a wide river, mistakable for a lake or even an ocean unless you'd been wading and knew its current. Somehow I'd crossed it... Now I saw the stream regrouped below, flowing on through what might've been vineyards, pastures, orhards... It flowed between and alongside the rivers of people; from here it was no more than a silver wire winding toward the city. - Leif Enger, Peace Like A River

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A Nobel Sighs

Again? This year's Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Harold Pinter, playwright.

Or, playleft as the case may be.

Last Saturday I posted about this year's winner for Peace, ElBaradei.

I also linked to my comments last year about the 2004 winners of these prizes. They were some real gems as well.

Michelle Malkin runs down some of Pinter's background. (Warning: profanity) Michelle links to some other sites detailing the worthiness of this winner.

Pinter hates America, hates what we stand for. He is a far-Lefty.

In one of his columns, Daniel Pipes includes a 2001 quote from Pinter:

Harold Pinter, British playwright (2001): The United States is "the most dangerous power the world has ever known."

Or, from this Belfast Telegraph article:

In the past few years, Pinter has been seen more frequently on the podium than the stage, firing off speeches on everything from Iraq ("an act of premeditated mass murder") to the Milosevic trial ("Nato is itself a war criminal... as much as Milosevic is") and the bombing of Afghanistan. At the 2003 anti-war march in London, he rallied marchers with a rousing criticism of Tony Blair and George Bush ("The United States is a monster out of control... The country is run by a bunch of criminal lunatics, with Blair as their hired Christian thug") and his poem "The Bombs": "There are no more words to be said/ All we have left are the bombs/ Which burst out of our head."

Don't miss Roger Kimball's comments:

That's good, as far as it goes, but it is important to note that with Pinter the "sequitur" is always trailing in one direction: leftward. Consider Pinter's acceptance speech on the occasion of being given an honorary degree from the University of Turin a couple of years ago. Referring to the terrorist attacks of Septmber 11, Pinter had this to say:

"The atrocity in New York was predictable and inevitable. It was an act of retaliation against constant and systematic manifestations of state terrorism on the part of the United States over many years, in all parts of the world."

The Nobel Prize committee long ago demonstrated that its prizes for the arts were exercises in politically correct sermonizing. By choosing Harold Pinter, they have demonstrated that their sermons are ridiculous as well as repellent.

Read Michelle and follow her links. Then, bang your head on the wall till you feel better, and go read some decent literature.

The Nobel Prizes in Peace and Literature long ago fell into the hands of hateful Leftys. Don't pay any attention to them.

Bogus Gold focuses on the quality of the writing.


  • At Thu Oct 13, 11:14:00 PM, johngrif said…

    Michelle links to Andrew Stuttaford, who nails Comrade Pinter:
    And through it all, dank and poisonous, runs a visceral anti-Americanism. It is an old European infection, still all too common and with more than a whiff of the continent's dark 20th century about it, and it is likely to cause trouble as this crisis unfolds. It is a hating, jealous assumption of moral and intellectual superiority, the wrath of the pygmy who has discovered that he is no giant.


    A despicable dwarf is Mr. Pinter, who also, according to Stuttaford, is -- "an active delegate" of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, an organization that likes to claim that Castro's Caribbean charnel house "is the most democratic state in the world."

    Perhaps we can see Pinter as an insane adherent of the murder and evil of Communism, who now finds new life in Islamofascism.

  • At Thu Oct 13, 11:59:00 PM, Scott Eric Kaufman said…

    As the author of many of the worst puns ever, I tip my hat to you, sir. Your pun takes the cake, leaps over the fence, into the neighbors' pool, swims out dissolving-cake-in-hand and sits down with a straw to drink its remains. Terrible pun. People who died fifteen years ago groan in their graves. That said, I think there were far more deserving writers than Pinter out there, but I suspect you wouldn't have been too happy with Roth (the oddsmakers' favorite) winning the same year he published The Plot Against America.

  • At Fri Oct 14, 07:40:00 PM, Chopper said…

    To call Malkin's insane prattle literature at all, much less, GOOD literature is both comical and demonstrative of one's desire eliminate intelligence, and wisdom from the face of the earth.

    Good (and by that I mean bad) luck in '06...

  • At Fri Oct 14, 07:58:00 PM, Anonymous said…

    Only a worthless idiot judges a work's literary merit by the writer's politics.

  • At Fri Oct 14, 08:04:00 PM, Jeff said…

    Sigh. You folks who claim such lofty knowledge of literature don't actually read very well, do you.

    I, in fact, did not say Malkin's writing was literature. I said to go read her for the links detailing some of Pinter's noble views. And then I suggested going to read some other literature. (I'm partial to the Russians myself.)

    And only a coward leaves anonymous comments calling someone a worthless idtio.

  • At Sat Oct 15, 08:32:00 AM, Mazzy said…

    "And only a coward leaves anonymous comments calling someone a worthless idtio.

    Fri Oct 14, 08:04:29 PM"

    Learn how to spell idiot before calling him a coward.


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